The 2017 LLM Roadshow

The 6th edition of the LLM Roadshow took place on Friday the 22nd of September. The LLM Roadshow is an annual event that takes place in Paris La Défense, which offers a great opportunity for 150 qualified students from different French law schools and universities to discover universities from all around the world, prepare and improve their LLM project.
The event is also an opportunity to gather university deans, alumni, and future LLM students in order to exchange and get direct information about the different LLM programs offered around the world.

LLM Roadshow
© Christophe Rabinovici

This event is particularly important for us, Grande Ecole du Droit students, as we must start thinking about where we want to go and which program we want to attend in our 2nd year, apply for an LLM during our 3rd year to finally be ready to leave in our 4th year. Thus, the sooner we get all the information we need to prepare a well thought project, the better.

Katia’s point of view:

The 6th edition of the LLM Roadshow was a new experience for me, on many levels.
This year, I got to attend the event for the first time, not only as a future LLM student, there to gather information about the universities of my choice, but also as a member of the organizing team. Indeed, during the summer, Claire Jacquot, Flora Merret (3rd year students) Dorian Revillon d’Apreval and I (2nd year students) were in charge of choosing the schools we would invite, contacting the deans and preparing the program of the event. At the beginning, Dorian and I were a bit lost in how we had to proceed exactly, but we got a lot of help from Claire and Flora who assisted us and clarified our different tasks, and especially from Professor Magnier and Maître Baller who helped us organize and coordinate everything. Step by step, we managed to organize a panel, write the invitations for the deans and draft the program of the evening together.

During the event, the speakers were divided into two different panels. One was composed of deans and people representing the five schools that were being introduced: Georgetown University, Queen Mary University, Chicago Kent College of Law, Cardozo School of Law and Tilburg University.Deans and professors from the foreign university

© Christophe Rabinovici

The other panel was composed of former students of the Grande Ecole du Droit who had come back frstudent LLM roadshowom their LLM. Amongst them were Gaëlle Benoist from Honk-Kong, Mai Le Van from Georgetown, Clémence Lamy from UCL, Caroline Franquet from Leiden and Sandra Isabet, who wasn’t a student of the Grande Ecole du Droit but did her LLM in Uppsala.
© Christophe Rabinovici

In my opinion, having two different panels was very helpful to clarify the vision each and every one of us had of the perfect LLM. The two panels allowed us to separate the information we got from each school, this way we could mentally organize our choices according to the different aspects presented in each LLM program. I personally didn’t know exactly which field I wanted to specialize in, or even which school I wanted to go to for my LLM, but the Roadshow helped me make realistic plans enlightened by concrete information given directly to us and in accordance with our multiple criteria and concerns.

Roxanne’s point of view:

The LLM Roadshow was a very important conference for me, I really couldn’t miss the occasion to know more about the schools I could potentially study at. I must admit that my mind was already made up when I went, my dream being to spend a year in Asia, precisely to study at Hong Kong University for my LLM. I was therefore very pleased to see that in the panel was Gaëlle Benoist, who was the first student of the Grande Ecole du Droit to go there. Nonetheless, I remained open-minded and wasn’t against a change of heart if one of the schools present there came to seduce me.

Before the schools’ presentations, a very helpful website called “FindYourLLM” was Find your LLM's directorintroduced to us. The website gives many details about the different fields and programs offered at the schools, their ranking, the tuition fees, etc. This is very important data in our quest for the perfect LLM. As for me, I know that I will definitely use this website if I come to be more uncertain about my destination or field of study.

Speech from Find your LLM’s creator  ©Christophe Rabinovici

After that, the interventions were obviously all very interesting, the deans spoke about the different LLMs we could find at their school, the average marks required to be admitted (which
vary from one school to another), and the tuition fees for example, which are different aspects of an LLM that will determine our choice in the end. The student panel gave us information about the overall amount of money we would spend in a year, the daily life, and so on.

Finally, I have to say that this conference really helped me make up my mind about where I wanted to go. I know that at the end of the conference, some of my friends couldn’t wait to do their own research about the schools present at the event as they were starting to make serious plans for their LLM. I personally was very eager to ask all the questions I had in mind to Gaëlle, which I did during the following cocktail. By the end of the day I got all the information I needed, and it confirmed my first choice. Now I know more than ever that I want to study in Hong Kong and live what seems to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

 

Katia Setbel / Roxanne Tsiela (GED2)